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No need to fear celebs’ advice when buying or selling stocks

4 hour(s) ago

Our market’s behaviour has been lethargic, and stock-trading celebrity has become a regular feature of a bored financial press, writes Michel Pireu

The Don may have been the greatest batsman, but not a nice guy

2 hour(s) ago

Sir Donald Bradman could afford to be as cantankerous, impatient and unforgiving as he liked while he was scoring all those runs, writes Neil Manthorp

Who will lead us?

23 hour(s) ago

Daily, South Africans strain for answer to defining question of our time as chaos seems to permeate public life, writes Gareth van Onselen

UNEMBARGOED: SA needs solution beyond policy tinkering

1 day(s) ago

We simply cannot carry on being a society that bargains over every chess move and still hope to formulate a strong, national narrative, writes Songezo Zibi

Brace for bumpy ride in emerging markets

1 day(s) ago

Loose monetary policy has seen global investors gobble up emerging market assets and this has led to a shift in credit ecosystem, writes Gillian Tett

A diva, but she deserves the epithet Nigeria’s ‘Iron Lady’

1 day(s) ago

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala should be credited for her incredible achievement in annulling country’s external debt and for bringing some sanity to its financial management, writes Adekeye Adebajo


1 day(s) ago

Although the architects of early rock ’n’ roll came in often unexpected guises, Matassa must have been one of the least likely, writes Richard Haslop

Buffoonery of MPs won’t be amusing for long

Aubrey Matshiqi promo
1 day(s) ago

What is worse — a comedy of errors or a tragedy of good manners? It is quite possible that what is happening in Parliament is simply a clash between the two comedies, writes Aubrey Matshiqi

Pistorius less a source of shame than Griekwastad

Nomalanga Mkhize
4 hour(s) ago

Precisely because Oscar Pistorius was so much larger than life, his demise does not touch sense of moral purity many conservative white South Africans associate with their racial identity, writes Nomalanga Mkhize

LETTER FROM NAIROBI: Rebranding needs to be more than skin deep

4 hour(s) ago

Successful campaign requires more than a revamped logo and demands a vision that inspires customers, investors and others to see the company in new light, writes Muthoni Maingi

Reserve Bank deputy might not become sheriff of monetary policy

4 hour(s) ago

Nothing in our law or culture of Reserve Bank dictates deputy governors must naturally ascend to governorship, writes Phakamisa Ndzamela

STRAIGHT TALK: Technology in your pocket fights monopolies

Mark Barnes promo
1 day(s) ago

Mark Barnes: Is bigger always better? Does global corporate creep always, at the margin, create net value, or is it just a habit?

ON THE MONEY: Gill Marcus decision hardly surprising

Stuart Theobald promo
1 day(s) ago

Gill Marcus’s casual announcement that she would not be available for another five-year term as Reserve Bank governor is typical of her. She is not one to stand on ceremony, writes Stuart Theobald

Not even Constitutional Court can make unfair treatment fair

1 day(s) ago

Police may have won its case against Renate Barnard, but that does not remove the injustice or lessen the absurdity of its decision not to promote her to jobs she applied for, writes John Kane-Berman

Why graduate trainees often seem to be the biggest brains

Lucy Kellaway promo
1 day(s) ago

The brightish amateur with a smooth line in waffle, who was a shoo-in 20 years ago, now doesn’t have a chance, writes Lucy Kellaway

Previous columns

THE LAST WORD: Your shares can’t buy democracy

1 day(s) ago

’It’s not about what's best for all shareholders, it's about the incentives for management,’ said one CEO recently, writes Rob Rose

Deductions from social-grant bank accounts a can of worms

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
1 day(s) ago

In the first four days of every month R10-billion in social grants is distributed to 10 million recipients — through tens of thousands of paypoints across the country, writes Ann Crotty

Two new players add spice to SA television

1 day(s) ago

In the past fortnight, two new video-on-demand offerings have been launched, one using broadband connections and the other using satellite, writes Duncan McLeod

Pursuit of profit at a steep social cost

1 day(s) ago

Governments have been prepared to give in to the exhortations of wealthy corporations in the belief that what is good for shareholders will also be good for the country, writes Ann Crotty

Pistorius has become a source of racial shame

Oscar Pistorius reacts as Judge Thokozile Masipa delivers her verdict at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Friday. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide, escaping the more serious charge of murder for the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Picture: REUTERS/ALON SKUY
4 day(s) ago

Oscar Pistorius has offended a sense of racial pride, and a lot of white people are hungry for his blood, writes Jonny Steinberg

Democracies do not all develop equally

Anthony Butler promo
4 day(s) ago

Anthony Butler: Because democracy is a complex and multidimensional concept, countries do not simply become more or less democratic; they become different kinds of democracies

THICK END OF THE WEDGE: A requiem for the Developmental State

Peter Bruce promo
4 day(s) ago

Wave ‘Goodbye’ to the Developmental State, the marketing cover for a decade of ineptitude, waste, theft and hubris, writes Peter Bruce

On Scotland, just where did the English go wrong?

A 'Yes' campaign supporter is seen near the town of Portree on the Isle of Skye on Wednesday.  Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

It seems natural to look back at how the relationship began, where it went wrong, and try to remember the good times, writes Nicholas Kotch

Loeries are a showcase of work that defines us

5 day(s) ago

The festival reminds us about the chasm between brilliance and mediocrity, between work that moves you and work that fades into oblivion, writes Suhana Gordhan

THE INSIDER: One grateful patient is putting his foot in it

5 day(s) ago

A man suffering from a pain in his right foot has decided that is the right media space to place an advert for the doctor who has helped him on the path to recovery

How the ANC damages its own idea of patriotism

6 day(s) ago

The ruling party has created a multitude of negative symbols that unite South Africans against it, writes Gareth van Onselen

Markets, not regulators, sank AngloGold foreign deal

6 day(s) ago

AngloGold has for a decade or more been using cash from its operations in SA to fund its international expansion, writes Hilary Joffe

Ignorance fuels feeding frenzy over Pistorius

Leon Louw promo
6 day(s) ago

Even some usually sober ‘legal experts’, who should be explaining the judicial process, have been sucked in, writes Leon Louw

Preference for insult over argument will damage SA’s democracy

6 day(s) ago

Politicians and activists are not representing us better when they smear and slur instead of speaking and arguing, writes Steven Friedman

MARVIN MEINTJIES: UK interrupted has implications for SA

7 day(s) ago

South Africa, which is trying to re-energise its relationship with the UK, can ill afford to lose sight of the implications of a country interrupted, writes Marvin Meintjies

CSA won’t say it, but lady luck was shining on their finances

7 day(s) ago

There’s something just a little too rose-tinted about the presentation of Cricket SA’s year-end financials, writes Neil Manthorp

THE INSIDER: Tshidi is holed up at the Financial Services Board

NOT OUR FAULT: Dube Tshidi, head of the Financial Services Board. Picture: ROBERT TSHABALALA
6 day(s) ago

Chairwoman of Parliament’s trade and industry portfolio committee, Joan Fubbs calls out ‘recalcitrant’ members of the former board of the National Credit Regulator

SONGEZO ZIBI: Trial reveals SA’s confused discourse

8 day(s) ago

The Oscar Pistorius trial has bred some emotional and often irrational discussions, writes Songezo Zibi

The DA’s minister of hiding in the shadows

8 day(s) ago

No matter the issue, Dion George seems incapable of interpreting or identifying the key structural problems of to the economy, writes Gareth van Onselen

TRUDI MAKHAYA: Masipa’s Pistorius ruling puts judicial error in the spotlight

7 day(s) ago

Too many wrongful acquittals suggest a system in crisis but so would too few, writes Trudi Makhaya

ON THE WATER: Good reasons to question authority

1 day(s) ago

One does not drive to the fishing grounds at speed. Rather, one makes a dignified approach during which the mind is stilled in preparation for the meditation ahead, writes Neels Blom

SIGN POST: Video revolution has arrived in SA

1 day(s) ago

This week, it was revealed that YouTube had become the second-biggest social media platform in South Africa, writes Arthur Goldstuck

BULL’S EYE: Sentiment can trump anything

Jeremy Thomas promo
1 day(s) ago

It has been a fabulous ride this millennium for investors in property stocks — not only for capital gains but in handsome income streams, writes Jeremy Thomas

RANTS AND SENSE: You can make it in life without a formal degree

KEY MAN: Businessman Herman Mashaba says he wants to show black voters they have an alternative to the ANC in the DA. Picture: SOWETAN
1 day(s) ago

Many business leaders are university dropouts. We do not need Statistics South Africa to tell us that young people in our country have a serious skills deficit, writes Bruce Whitfield

TWEET OF THE WEEK: Parliament as theatre

4 day(s) ago

Just as daytime TV has been dumbed down by reality TV, so Parliament’s circus tent antics are capturing the public imagination, writes Gareth van Onselen

THE INSIDER: Parliament has finger on pulse of good behaviour

EFF leader Julius Malema and chief whip Floyd Shivambu leave the house as Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa answers questions in the National Assembly on Wednesday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
4 day(s) ago

Besides gestures, certain expressions are also considered to be unparliamentary

WINE: Grenache may be having its day after all

Michael Fridjhon promo
4 day(s) ago

Michael Fridjhon looks at the history of the grenache variety as the wine industry celebrates international Grenache Day

Do the sums: no to secession

5 day(s) ago

Dreams of a Cape utopia, much like dreams of an independent Scotland, are best left on the beach for the high tide to wash away, writes Bronwyn Nortje

LETTER FROM CAPE TOWN: We should opt for discussion before destruction

Dave Marrs promo
5 day(s) ago

My moan for the week is South Africans’ apparent preference for violence and destruction over discussion and negotiation in what passes for disagreement, writes Dave Marrs

Even a child can see what’s wrong with boxing in SA

Mninawa Ntloko promo
6 day(s) ago

Things have plumbed such embarrassing depths that fans don’t bother to show up even when entry is free, writes Mninawa Ntloko

JAZZ: Spring bounty for jazz lovers

Gwen Ansell promo
6 day(s) ago

There is a feast of live jazz for music lovers in the month of September, writes Gwen Ansell

VRROOM WITH A VIEW: BMW’s dark horse

SWOOPY: The BMW X4 rides lower than its  more sedate sibling, which is useful when cornering.  Picture: QUICKPIC
6 day(s) ago

The X4 proves to be more than a sexed-up version of the X3, with a tighter drive and barely compromised space, writes Alexander Parker

Poor Charlie’s good advice

7 day(s) ago

Michel Pireu: The wise ones bet heavily when they have the odds. And the rest of the time, they don’t. It’s just that simple

THE INSIDER: Peters’s predecessors’ deep, dark pasts …

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
7 day(s) ago

How can the security of Dipuo Peters’s predecessors be compromised in the present by something they did in the past?

STRAIGHT TALK: All eyes on Scotland the brave

Mark Barnes promo
8 day(s) ago

The Scots and the English have been together for some time but come September 18 they will decide whether or not it’s been long enough, writes Mark Barnes

Boko Haram lurks as Nigeria prepares to go to elections

Dianna Games promo
8 day(s) ago

Emboldened by its growing international profile, Boko Haram has increased the scale of its operations, writes Dianna Games

In terms of the All Blacks, being beatable and being beaten is not the same

ALL-OUT EFFORT: New Zealand’s Richie McCaw reacts as he scores a try during the Bledisloe Cup rugby Test match against the Australian Wallabies at Stadium Australia in Sydney on Saturday. Picture: REUTERS
8 day(s) ago

Mark Keohane asks what it means for the Boks if, at their best, a poor performing New Zealand team can still beat them

Fortress finance pulls up the virtual drawbridge

SETTING RECORDS: JPMorgan boss Jamie Dimon has overhauled risk controls. Picture: REUTERS
8 day(s) ago

Western governments need to keep up pressure on financial companies to improve cyber defence plans, provide tangible assistance, writes Gillian Tett

McKinsey’s windy platitudes bode ill for next half-century

Lucy Kellaway promo
8 day(s) ago

The best the McKinsey Quarterly can do after years of study is say that technology, globalisation and ageing will feature in the next 50 years, writes Lucy Kellaway

Quality of SA’s political insults must improve

Aubrey Matshiqi promo
8 day(s) ago

An improvement in the quality of our political insults will have a positive effect on democracy in SA and the quality of our democratic experience, writes Aubrey Matshiqi

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